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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Susan in South Korea

Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Susan Kim ’17 a Chemistry and Music double major currently studying abroad in South Korea.

Sujan (Susan) Kim

ISEP Yonsei University, South Korea

Chemistry and Music majors


안녕하세요 (An-nyeong-ha-se-yo)! My name is Susan Kim and I am currently studying abroad in South Korea. Compared to Chicago and the suburban areas, South Korea has a lot of mountains (total of 2770 peaks, according to peakery.com). Thus, many universities are located near a mountain and Yonsei University, where I am currently attending, is one of them.

Yonsei University is one of the top three schools in South Korea and the campus is very big. For instance, it takes about 15 minutes to walk from the dormitory that I am currently staying at to the Student Union Building, where all the cafeterias are located. To make things more difficult, while students are walking to the Student Union Building, we must climb over a big hill. As a person who drove in United States, it took over two weeks to get used to walking around.

I will have to stay longer in order to find out more about the actual lifestyle of Korean students, but during the two weeks that I attended school so far, university life is not very different compared to LFC. Aside from walking over ten minutes to get to your classes, the classroom environment is similar. The professors take attendance, gives lectures to the students, and assigns assignments and projects. The students are involved in extracurricular activities and some of them have part-time jobs.

I am glad that I came to study abroad to Korea. With the assistance of Suzanne T. Hotchkiss Foreign Travel grant from the school and Gilman Scholarship from the government, this study abroad was possible. There are more things to learn and explore as I stay in Korea for next four months, but so far, it has been awesome.